The licence a person must hold to permit him to sell alcohol. The licence is issued by the district council and lasts for ten years. Applicants must be 18 years of age and have a recognized licensing qualification, must not have forfeited a licence within the last five years, and be subject to a Criminal Records Bureau check. Unless the police object, the council must grant the licence. If the police do object, the council will refuse the licence unless there are ‘exceptional and compelling circumstances’ for doing so.